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Earning 150,000 Marriott Bonvoy points is easier than usual right now thanks to a limited-time increased offer available with the Marriott Bonvoy Brilliant® American Express® Card until Nov. 3 that provides 150,000 bonus Marriott Bonvoy points after $5,000 spent on eligible purchases in the first three months of card membership.
Oh, and you'll also get a free night award worth up to 85,000 points, which is an unusual offering and really fun to use to the max.
But let's circle back to those 150,000 points for a moment. If you aren't really familiar with the Marriott program, you may not know whether that gets you weeks of hotel stays or just a night or two. With award nights starting at 5,000 points and going all the way up to 100,000 points, the reality is that one bonus could do either of those things.
Let's get out of the theoretical and look at 17 different ways you could redeem the 150,000 Marriott points you earn from this one welcome bonus.
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3 nights at JW Bonnet Creek near Disney World
If you want three nights of luxury at Disney World without spending $500-plus per night on an official deluxe Disney hotel, the new JW Marriott Orlando Bonnet Creek may be your magical solution. The hotel is very nice, with above-average onsite pools and restaurants, and offers bus transportation to Disney World.
Award nights here cost 40,000-60,000 Marriott points, so you'd have enough points for three nights at the standard award rate.
5 nights at Gaylord Palms Resort & Convention Center Near Disney World
If you're looking for a slightly longer stay near Disney World and still want a bit of luxury, check out the Gaylord Palms. This is perfect for families, as it has a waterpark for the kids and spa services for adults.
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While there are plenty of activities, the main draw is just a short drive away: This property sits right outside the gates of Disney World. Awards here cost 30,000-40,000 Marriott points per night. That means a five-night stay is no problem since the fifth night is always free on Marriott awards. Find saver availability and you can stretch those 150,000 points to six nights.
5 nights at Le Meridien Maldives Resort & Spa
You don't have to just stick to theme parks and Florida if you want to squeeze five nights or more out of your Marriott bonus. is also bookable for 30,000-40,000 Marriott points per night, which works even in the overwater villas.
This resort just opened and is a steal by Maldives standards. If you book at the off-peak level (with the fifth night free), your 150,000-point bonus is enough for six nights in Maldivian paradise.
3 nights at Renaissance Barcelona Fira
We'd argue three nights is nowhere near enough to see everything Barcelona, Spain, has to offer. But, it's a great way to get a feel for the city (don't skip Sagrada Familia). There are more expensive Marriott properties in the tourist zone on Las Ramblas, but the Renaissance Barcelona Fira sits close enough to the action and will save you a few points.
As a Category 5 property, an award night will cost between 30,000 and 40,000 points. That means you can technically snag four nights at this property if you catch a standard award. However, we struggled to find standard award inventory in our searches. You may be stuck paying peak pricing for some or all of your days. Keep in mind that Marriott adjusts peak and off-peak award pricing every month. A few minutes of research might snag you an extra night on your vacation.
3 nights at Le Meridien Ra Beach
Located a short drive from Barcelona, this resort on the beach is a perfect getaway if you prefer a quieter vacation. The spa will satisfy even the pickiest of patrons. You'll also find a much quieter beach experience here versus in Barcelona. Bonus points if you want to hit a few wineries in the region. This property costs between 40,000 and 60,000 Marriott points per night. You may find saver inventory in the shoulder seasons, though it'll be chilly on the beach.
3 nights at JW Marriott Cancun
Quick getaway to a warm climate with warm sand and cool water? Check.
Luxury instead of cannonballs in the hotel pool? Check.
Really expensive rooms for just the price of a resort fee? Also check. The JW Marriott Cancun runs between 40,000 and 60,000 points per night, though we struggled to find 40,000-point nights in our recent search.
Related: What it's like traveling to Cancun during COVID-19
3 nights at The Coral at Atlantis
Atlantis is a megaresort in the Bahamas with a little bit of something for everything. There are luxury towers, value rooms and scores of restaurants, bars, waterparks and more.
The Coral is somewhere between budget and luxury, featuring some larger rooms that work better for families. As a Marriott Category 6, an award night will run between 40,000 and 60,000 points. Just expect to pay a lot for food and activities that aren't included in the substantial resort fee and daily service charge (over $60 per night combined).
Related: Everything to know about visiting the Bahamas during the pandemic
3 nights at Residence Inn Sedona
This brand-new Residence Inn located in Sedona, Arizona, is an excellent jumping-off point for getting to the Grand Canyon. But Sedona is a wonderful town in its own right, with some excellent dining options and smaller box canyons nearby.
If you're headed to the Grand Canyon during peak times, expect to need 60,000 points per night for a room at any of the three Marriott properties in Sedona. Visitors in shoulder season will find plenty of 40,000- and 50,000-point nights. Other than Flagstaff, which lacks the charm of Sedona, these are some of the closest rooms to the Grand Canyon that you can book with traditional hotel points.
3 nights at The Ritz-Carlton, Koh Samui
Thailand has some incredible gems and The Ritz-Carlton, Koh Samui is no exception. Located on a secluded, private bay, this luxurious property is sure to find you relaxed as you're spoiled by the staff.
As a Category 7 Marriott property, you'll need to find off-peak inventory to score a 50,000-point night here, with rates climbing to 70,000 points per night. If you're looking for a more affordable alternative, consider the Renaissance Koh Samui Resort & Spa.
5 nights at The St. Regis Bangkok
It isn't often you'll find a St. Regis property for as little as 30,000 points per night but The St. Regis Bangkok is a tranquil hotel located right in the city center.
Here you'll find luxurious rooms and a highly rated spa. You can take a relaxing dip in the private outdoor pool and enjoy the signature St. Regis butler service. Ranging from 30,000 to 40,000 Marriott points per night, a standard award at 35,000 points means you'll also get the fifth night free and stay within the 150,000-point budget for this exercise.
Related: Bangkok delays quarantine-free opening to November
5 nights at The Laguna, a Luxury Collection Resort & Spa, Nusa Dua, Bali
Bali is another one of those places where it's hard not to relax.
The Laguna is part of Marriott's Luxury Collection. The Luxury Collection represents unique and luxurious properties all over the world. With butler service, seven pools, private villas and suites with lagoon access, your points will be well spent. This is another Category 5 Marriott property, which means a range of 30,000 to 40,000 points night. It also means that as long as you can find standard or off-peak inventory you can also score a fifth night free when you book a four-night award stay.
5 nights at Sheraton Grand Sydney Hyde Park
Sydney is one of those incredible cities that everyone should experience (once Australia reopens, of course). Sheraton Grand Sydney Hyde Park has an excellent location. Alongside the picturesque Hyde Park and a short walk from so many key attractions in Sydney, the Sheraton Grand Sydney also has recently updated rooms.
Travelers familiar with the Sheraton brand in the U.S. will be pleasantly surprised by this hotel. Getting the fifth night free means that this Category 5 property is easily achievable except in high season (typically the U.S. winter). Australia is essentially closed to foreigners right now, so award availability for 2022 is tough to gauge. Suffice it to say that Sydney will be a hot ticket when Australia reopens, and the Sheraton Grand should be as well.
5 nights at Pier One Sydney Harbour, Autograph Collection
The Autograph Collection properties are all independently owned hotels that don't have a common theme or branding. Rather, they are usually great representations of the local culture. They tend to be more upscale and eclectic. Pier One is a bit of both.
Located under the Harbour Bridge, the hotel is a repurposed shipping pier. If you're looking for a hotel where every room is just a bit unique, Pier One is a great choice. Also a Marriott Category 5 property, we found plenty of availability to take advantage of Marriott's fifth-night-free benefit.
2 weeks at the Protea Hotel Johannesburg Parktonian All-Suite
The Protea hotel chain is an excellent chain for trips to Africa. It operates almost 100 hotels on the continent, many of them in very unique locations. And if you like to stretch your points, this is a great option as many of them are in very low award categories in the Bonvoy program. The Protea Johannesburg is no exception.
As an all-suite property where an award night ranges from 5,000 to 10,000 points, it's easy to stay here for a week or two and still have some of your points left over.
Related: Planning a trip to South Africa using points and miles
1 week at Cape Town Marriott Hotel Crystal Towers
Cape Town is a popular place to visit in South Africa and your Marriott points will get you plenty of free nights here. The Cape Town Marriott is a modern hotel with a rooftop pool, incredible views and a good location. One of the pricier Marriott hotels in Africa, award rooms are still very affordable, topping out at 20,000 points per night. You'll even find plenty of nights available for 15,000 or 17,500 points.
With 150,000 points, you can easily afford a week in Cape Town and still have plenty of points for our final hotel recommendation in Africa.
2 weeks at Protea Hotel Kruger Gate
Kruger National Park is one of the best places for safari. This lodge is a comfortable property with an easy drive to incredible safari experiences. The hotel can plan a safari for you, or you can make your own arrangements. Either way, you won't have far to travel from your hotel for some great adventures.
With exceptional views of the river, you can be pampered in the spa or enjoy authentic dining. Award nights range from 10,000 to 15,000 Marriott points per night, which means you can easily spend a couple of weeks here, or split your time between Kruger and one of the other properties we highlighted and have enough points for both.
Related: Everything you need to know about going on safari
5 nights across from Disneyland
If your theme park fun takes you out to California, it's even easier to stay off-property at Disneyland than Disney World. While there are many points-friendly nearby options, a solid all-around choice if you want to stretch your points is the Fairfield Inn Anaheim Resort that is in that Category 5 range you've heard a lot about already.
For just 30,000-40,000 Marrriott points per night, you'll be a 10-minute walk from the gates of Disneyland in a room with a fun splash of Disney magic.
With over 7,000 hotels in its program, you have so many different ways to spend 150,000 Marriott points. Just like there's no wrong way to eat a Reese's, there's no wrong way to redeem Marriott points for hotel rooms as long as they get you where you want to be.
However, we think these choices represent some of the best ways to do it. After you've earned that bonus, you should spend those points in style. And while the options are numerous, if you're looking for a long, luxurious vacation using 150,000 Marriott points you'll need to head out of the U.S. to stretch them beyond a few nights. However, If you're looking for an epic long weekend, your options even here in the U.S. are numerous.
Application link: Marriott Bonvoy Brilliant® American Express® Card -- Earn 150,000 bonus Marriott Bonvoy points and a free night award worth up to 85,000 points after spending $5,000 on the card in the first three months of card membership.
Editorial disclaimer: Opinions expressed here are the author’s alone, not those of any bank, credit card issuer, airline or hotel chain, and have not been reviewed, approved or otherwise endorsed by any of these entities.
Point are worth 1.25 cents apiece when redeemed for travel through Chase, but can also be transferred to 11 airline and three hotel partners for even more choices, including those first-class flights and fancy suites you've been dreaming of.How much is 150k Marriott points? ›
|Average Value of 15,000 Points||$136.5|
|Minimum Value of 1 Point||0.43 cents|
|Maximum Value of 1 Point||1.63 cents|
|Value of 1 Point Toward Travel||0.91 cents|
If you've got 100,000 Marriott Bonvoy points, that will cover six nights — pay for nights one through four with points and get the fifth night free as a Marriott Bonvoy member. Then pay with points for the sixth night.How much is 50 000 Marriott points worth? ›
50,000 Marriott Bonvoy points are worth an average of $455, according to WalletHub data. You will get the best value for your Marriott Bonvoy points when you redeem them for Marriott reservations, but you can also redeem them for flights, car rentals, cruises and others.How many nights is 100000 Marriott points worth? ›
Marriott Bonvoy's 100,000-Point Welcome Offer Means Up to 13 Free Nights at a Hotel. The Marriott Bonvoy Boundless is a great card for those who want to turn day-to-day expenses like groceries and gas into free hotel stays. Condé Nast Traveler has partnered with CardRatings for our coverage of credit card products.How do I convert my Marriott points to cash? ›
You can sell Marriott Vacation Club points through the Marriott Vacation Club repurchase program. Their timeshare exit specialists will guide you through the process of resale. You can also sell these points with online traders like MilesBuyer for competitive prices.Do Bonvoy points expire? ›
As long as you keep earning points consistently, your Marriott Bonvoy points won't expire.What is the highest Marriott Rewards level? ›
The top tier in the Marriott program is Bonvoy Ambassador Elite. You must reach 100 elite qualifying nights and $23,000 in qualifying spending to qualify for this tier.How many Bonvoy points do I need for a free night? ›
Marriott Bonvoy is also known for its popular rewards credit cards, and how easy it is to rack up points for a free stay. Free night awards also start at just 5,000 points, which is a major plus for travelers who want to stretch their rewards as far as they can go.Can you transfer more than 100k Marriott points? ›
Click here to see our article on Qualifying Activity. The Minimum Transfer amount is 1,000 Marriott Bonvoy® Points and transfers must be completed in 1,000 Point increments. You can transfer up to a maximum of 100,000 Marriott Bonvoy® Points, per calendar year, to other Accounts.
A Free Night Award (Certificate) can be earned through Marriott Bonvoy® Credit Cards or Marriott Bonvoy® Elite Benefits such as Annual Choice.How many Marriott points do you need for gold status? ›
|Elite status level||Elite night credits required to earn|
|Gold Elite||25 elite qualifying nights.|
|Platinum Elite||50 elite qualifying nights.|
|Titanium Elite||75 elite qualifying nights.|
|Ambassador Elite||100 elite qualifying nights (plus $23,000 in spend per year).|
It's easy to earn Marriott points for award stays. Every stay at a Marriott hotel will earn you 10 Marriott points per dollar spent. So a $100 hotel stay earns 1,000 Marriott points. There are three exceptions: Element, Residence Inn and TownePlace Suites hotels earn just five Marriott points per dollar spent.How many Marriott points per $1? ›
5 Points Per $1 USD Spent
Earn one elite night credit for every two nights stayed.
Can I transfer Marriott Bonvoy® Points to another Marriott Bonvoy® Member? Great news, Yes you can now transfer your Marriott Bonvoy® Points to another Member's Account, through the new Points Transfer tool online. Read all about it here. How Do I Transfer Points To Another Member?What is the highest Marriott lifetime status? ›
What is the highest Lifetime status with Marriott? Lifetime Platinum Elite status is the highest level and it can be achieved after earning 600 lifetime nights and 10 years of Platinum Elite status or higher.How many points is an average Marriott stay? ›
Most Marriott hotels earn 10 points per dollar spent on stays. Unfortunately, long-term stay hotels — including Element, TownPlace Suites, Residence Inn and Protea Hotels — only award 5 points per dollar. This lower earn rate applies to vacation rentals booked with Homes and Villas by Marriott International, too.How many nights do you get for Marriott Lifetime Gold? ›
Requirements for lifetime elite status
Lifetime Gold Elite: 400 lifetime nights and seven years as a Gold Elite member or higher. Lifetime Platinum Elite: 600 lifetime nights and 10 years as a Platinum Elite member or higher.
Marriott Bonvoy® Members can combine Cash and Marriott Bonvoy® Points to make a Reservation in two ways: Cash & Points Rate = A fixed combination of Cash and Points per Night. Customized Cash + Points = A multi-night Stay in which Marriott Bonvoy® Points are used for 1+ Nights and 1+ Nights are on a Paid Rate.Does Marriott Bonvoy offer cash back? ›
No, the Marriott Bonvoy Brilliant® American Express® Card is not a cash back credit card. Although the Marriott Bonvoy Brilliant Card does not offer cash back, it does have rewards, giving 2 - 6 points per $1 spent on purchases. The Marriott Bonvoy Brilliant Card also has a $650 annual fee.
Westin Hotels & Resorts is an American upscale hotel chain owned by Marriott International. As of June 30, 2020, the Westin Brand has 226 properties with 82,608 rooms in multiple countries in addition to 58 hotels with 15,741 rooms in the pipeline.Is Marriott Bonvoy ending? ›
Now, Marriott Bonvoy is ending them altogether on March 28, 2023, citing low demand as a reason.Do you lose your Marriott status every year? ›
Each year, Marriott Bonvoy® works to ensure that all Members' Elite status reflects all previous year's qualifying activity.How much is 100000 Bonvoy points worth? ›
It is possible to buy Marriott points, and the standard rate for 1,000 points is $12.50. The number of points you wish to purchase does not affect the price you pay per point. For example, if you purchase 100,000 points, you need to pay $1,250. That means you pay 1.25 cents per point.Is Marriott Titanium higher than Platinum? ›
Titanium status is Marriott Bonvoy's 75-night elite tier, between Platinum and Ambassador status. It offers limited incremental perks over Platinum status, including 75% bonus points (rather than 50% bonus points), suite upgrades at Ritz-Carltons, United MileagePlus Silver status, and access to more Choice Benefits.How do you get lifetime platinum at Marriott? ›
You must earn 600 Qualifying Nights and 10 years as Platinum Elite or higher to achieve Lifetime Platinum Elite status. Marriott Bonvoy® would love to welcome you to the Lifetime Platinum Elite community!What Marriott level does Amex Platinum get you? ›
As a Platinum Cardmember you are eligible to enroll in complimentary Marriott Bonvoy™ Gold Elite Status.How to get free stay at Marriott? ›
- Search for a stay with the preselected “Use Points / Awards.”
- Select hotel and room type.
- Review the reservation details. If an award is available for your stay, it will be preselected.
- Book your free nights.
Bonus Elite Night Credits make each night of a stay count twice, allowing registered members to reach higher Marriott Bonvoy membership tiers more quickly.Can I book Bonvoy free night for someone else? ›
You can only use your Marriott Bonvoy® Points to Gift an Award Redemption Reservation to another Guest You cannot use a Free Night Award Certificate to book a Room for another Guest.
Can I share my Marriott Bonvoy® Account? No, Marriott Bonvoy® is an individual membership. Marriott Bonvoy® Memberships can not include other individuals, including family members.Can husband and wife combine Marriott points? ›
There's no need to be related to the person you're sharing points with, or even to share the same address. Rather you can transfer your points to any member. The only limitation is how long accounts have to be active: With qualifying activity, you can combine points with someone after they've had an account for 30 days.What is a good conversion on Marriott points? ›
We found the average value of Marriott's luxury properties to be 0.77 cents per Bonvoy point. Based on data collected in July 2022, this is the most valuable category for redemptions with your Marriott points.Can you go to another Marriott hotel and use their pool? ›
Yes! That is the best part. You can use all three of the hotels pools. Everyone was really nice and helpful.Where do I see free nights on Bonvoy? ›
View your available Free Night Awards on the Activity section of your Marriott Bonvoy account.How do you get 17X points on Marriott Bonvoy? ›
Earn up to 17X total points per $1 spent at over 7,000 hotels participating in Marriott Bonvoy® with the Marriott Bonvoy Boundless® Card. 2X points for every $1 spent on all other purchases.Does Marriott Gold get you free breakfast? ›
Do Marriott Silver & Gold members get free breakfast? No, aside from hotels that offer all guests free breakfast, there are no incremental elite breakfast perks for Silver and Gold members. Only Platinum, Titanium, and Ambassador members get a breakfast benefit.Does Marriott Gold give lounge access? ›
The simple answer: No, you don't get executive lounge access with Marriott Bonvoy Gold Elite status. Executive lounge access is only complimentary for Platinum, Titanium, or Ambassador Elite status members.Do Marriott Gold members get free parking? ›
3 answers. Like every other Marriott property I know of, no free parking for Gold or other elite members. Unlike most "downtown" Marriott properties, parking is pretty cheap - $8/day as I write this. Nice, subterranean key-controlled parking lot (nice when it's snowing or raining.)How much is 80 000 Marriott points worth? ›
How much are 80,000 Marriott Bonvoy points worth? , 80,000 Marriott Bonvoy points are worth about $560. How much are 100,000 Marriott Bonvoy points worth? , 100,000 Marriott Bonvoy points are worth about $700.
How long does Marriott Bonvoy status last? Elite status is valid in the year in which it's earned and an additional 14 months after that year.How much is 85000 Marriott points? ›
The 85,000-point award is provided each year to those with a Marriott Bonvoy Brilliant® American Express® Card. Terms apply. NerdWallet values Marriott points at 0.7 cent each, making this award worth $595.Do I get Marriott points if I book through Amex? ›
There are examples of people receiving stay credits with Marriott Bonvoy or Hilton Honors, for example, on rooms booked through Amex Travel. However, it's not guaranteed that the hotel will recognize your elite status in these programs or provide status-qualifying stay credits in your loyalty account.How many points is a night Bonvoy? ›
You earn 10 hotel points for every dollar spent at Marriott hotels, including its higher-end brands like JW Marriott Hotels & Resorts, Autograph Collection Hotels and St. Regis Hotels. Meanwhile, you'll earn five points per dollar spent at Element Hotels, Residence Inn and TownePlace Suites properties.
Marriott Titanium elite benefits
Earn 10 base points per dollar at most Marriott properties, plus 75% additional bonus points as a Titanium member. That means you'll earn up to 17.5 points per dollar on paid Marriott stays, including eligible room charges.
Yes, Marriott Bonvoy® Members must remain active in the Marriott Bonvoy® Loyalty Program to retain Points they accumulate. If a Marriott Bonvoy® Member Account is inactive for twenty-four (24) consecutive months, that Marriott Bonvoy® Member Account will forfeit all accumulated Marriott Bonvoy® Points.Are Marriott points transferable upon death? ›
Allow unredeemed Marriott Bonvoy® Points from the deceased Member's Account to be transferred to a Family Member or a Friend who is an active Marriott Bonvoy® Member upon the Company's receipt and review of all requested documentation and communications.Do I get Bonvoy points back if I cancel? ›
The monetary fee is nonrefundable. Any points are returned to your account for all cancelled room nights of your reservation.How much does 1,000 Marriott points worth? ›
|Average Value of 1,000 Points||$9.1|
|Minimum Value of 1 Point||0.43 cents|
|Maximum Value of 1 Point||1.63 cents|
|Value of 1 Point Toward Travel||0.91 cents|
Buy Marriott points
Marriott Bonvoy points can also be purchased in increments of 1,000 for $12.50. This means that points cost 1.25 cents each, which may or may not be worth it, depending on your trip.
If you're a Marriott Bonvoy loyalist, you're in luck. According to Marriott's terms and conditions, award stays count toward earning elite status: Free Night Award stay(s) and night(s) will count toward earning Elite membership status. Like many other loyalty programs, Marriott Bonvoy award rates are also dynamic now.How much is 85000 Marriott points worth? ›
What is the 85,000-point Free Night Award worth? The 85,000-point award is provided each year to those with a Marriott Bonvoy Brilliant® American Express® Card. Terms apply. NerdWallet values Marriott points at 0.7 cent each, making this award worth $595.Does Marriott status reset every year? ›
Each year, Marriott Bonvoy® works to ensure that all Members' Elite status reflects all previous year's qualifying activity.Is there lifetime titanium elite Marriott? ›
Currently, there isn't a way to qualify for Marriott's two highest status tiers — Titanium Elite and Ambassador Elite — for life. However, when Starwood merged with Marriott, some elites were given lifetime Titanium Elite status.Can my wife use my Marriott Rewards number? ›
You can only use your Marriott Bonvoy® Points to Gift an Award Redemption Reservation to another Guest You cannot use a Free Night Award Certificate to book a Room for another Guest.How many Marriott points can you gift? ›
Yes, you can purchase Marriott Bonvoy® Points online as a gift in increments of 1,000 Points. You can purchase up to 100,000 Marriott Bonvoy® Points to be gifted to another Member's Marriott Bonvoy® Account.Is 5000 Marriott points a lot? ›
Use Marriott Bonvoy Points for Instant Redemptions at Hotels.